Learning to read is one of the most important life skills teachers can help a child develop. Teaching reading is a vital part of a career in the classroom and engaging with the range of different learning styles children have is a real challenge. Trainee teachers need to learn how to address this variety of learning needs, and also meet the wider demands of the curriculum. Margaret Perkins helps students meet these challenges to become a confident, reflective teacher of reading by providing: * An in-depth explanation of phonics teaching alongside other teaching approaches, empowering trainees to choose the right approach for each individual child * Key research findings so students can apply the latest thinking to their teaching practice* School-based activities and independent learning tasks to help apply theory to practice, and develop teaching skills through self-reflection * Classroom scenarios of teacher-child interactions that demonstrate how children learn and respond to different teaching strategies.

Teaching Strategies for Reading Lessons

Teaching Strategies for Reading Lessons

Teaching Strategies for Reading Lessons

Chapter objectives

At the end of this chapter you should:

  • be reminded of theories about how children learn
  • be able to justify reading aloud to children of all ages
  • know how to plan whole-class and small group reading lessons
  • understand how to create opportunities for independent reading
  • have strategies for giving children individual reading practice.


This chapter aims to address the question which most readers will have been asking, ‘How do I actually teach reading?’. Previous chapters have looked at what we are teaching when we teach reading by hoping to provide some insight into the reading process; others have explored what teachers of reading need to know and understand in order to become effective teachers. We have looked in some ...

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